Daily brief (6/28): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today, we’ll get a break from the 90-degree heat, but a heat wave returns this weekend.

Today will be partly sunny, with a high of 86. A slight chance of thunderstorms enters the forecast tomorrow, and then temperatures soar back into the high 90s by the weekend.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Cofer exits top job at Missouri State. James Cofer, who has been Missouri State University’s president less than a year, announced he will step down on Aug. 1. His resignation comes a week after Belinda McCarthy, MSU’s top academic officer, announced hers. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst, KSMU, KY3, KSPR)
  • OzarksFirst [KOLR/KSFX]: Lessons learned during the Joplin tornado to reach legislature. State representatives came to Joplin this week and heard citizen complaints as well as updates on debris removal and other recovery efforts. (Other Joplin coverage: USTA donates $100,000: OzarksFirst; Red Cross needs help: KY3)
  • KY3: Foster-care bill would provide more money. A Missouri House bill would inject funding into the foster-care system to help retain foster parents and recruit them as well.
  • News-Leader: Springfield schools hope to raise funds for turf, tracks. The Springfield School District wants to raise $4 million to install tracks and artificial turf at the district’s high schools.
  • OzarksFirst: Fourth of July celebrations coming this weekend. A number of area towns and cities are hosting celebrations and fireworks displays this weekend.
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